Picture: Charlie Simpson , at the Art Exhibition & Auction 'Legends' at the Sanctum Soho Hotel. London, England - 26.04.12
Charlie Simpson has broken the Guinness World Record for playing the coldest ever gig at Oymyakon in Siberia.
The 'Fightstar' singer played the Jagermeister Ice Cold Gig in temperatures of minus 30 degrees centigrade on the trip to what is, suffice to say, the coldest place on the planet that is inhabited by humans. His set with songs from his debut solo album lasted for 15 minutes (which is longer than you would really choose to be outside in this kind of climate) with 30 second breaks between each song to warm the ends of his fingers which were exposed so that he could play his guitar. 'It was unbearably cold, and playing guitar with gloves on wasn't an option', he told the Daily Star. 'We had to pack hand-warmers into my sleeves to stop frostbite.' The town has no electricity or running water and the air is so cold that boiling water can be solidified in a matter of seconds.
Despite the dangerously low temperatures for an Englishman barely used to minus 3 degree British winters, he described the journey as 'the trip of a lifetime' as well as 'the most painful experience of my life'. He even ignored doctors who recommended giving the trip a miss as it could've very possibly damaged his health in some way.